Dan Rather resigns as anchor, to stay on as correspondent
Monday, November 22, 2004
It is reported that Rather's leaving has nothing to do with a report in 2004 regarding US President Bush's National Guard service that was widely reported to be factually false. A CBS panel is looking into that report.
Others believe that Rather is stepping down due to this report and investigation. Howard Kurtz, a reporter for the Washington Post, states that "It's pretty clear that Dan Rather faced a very unpalatable choice... His contract had at least two more years to run. [Should he] step down now before the outside investigative report, commissioned by CBS News expected in the next few weeks about his botching -- and the network's botching -- of that story about President Bush's National Guard service? Rather [decided] today that it would be better for him to step down on his own terms."
Dan Rather, 74, has been the anchor for CBS Evening News for 24 years, succeeding Walter Cronkite. Rather is the third most watched anchor on United States television.
All links dated November 23, 2004.
- Dan Collins, "Dan Rather Stepping Down", CBS News.
- The Associated Press, "Rather to Resign 'CBS Evening News' Post", ABC News. Earlier article.
- Jacques Steinberg, "Rather to Step Down in March After 24 Years as CBS Anchor", New York Times (registration).
- "Dan Rather to Step Down as CBS Anchor", Fox News.
- "Dan Rather to leave anchor desk in March", CNN.
- The Associated Press, "CBS's Rather Will Step Down", Toledo Blade.
- The Associated Press, "A Chronology of Dan Rather's Career", Seattle Post Intelligencer.
- "Iowans Sad, Happy that Dan Rather Will Step Down", Iowa Channel.com.
- Jonathan L. Schwartz, "Viacom's CBS Network Loses Top Anchor To Retirement", Forbes.
- "Dan Rather Stepping Down", WNCT.
- More articles on Dan Rather at Google News.
- More blog commentary on Dan Rather's resignation at Technorati.
- Usenet discussions of Dan Rather at Google Groups.
- Photos of Dan Rather at Yahoo! News.